1 Online RN to BSN Program Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Distance Education Program Fall Semester 2012 distance.appstate.edu Prospective & Returning Students Undergraduate Programs RN-BSN
2 EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS Should pursue this program with PROFESSIONALISM Are responsible for meeting program requirements on time. Should review information and take appropriate actions on time. Must follow the University Code of Student Conduct & Code of Academic Integrity: Should notify the program manager and academic advisor of any changes regarding courses, registration, or status with the cohort.
3 POSITION WITHIN APPALACHIAN Appalachian State University Chancellor: Dr. Kenneth Peacock Provost: Dr. Lori Gonzalez College of Arts & Sciences College of Business College of Health Sciences Dean: Dr. Fred Whitt Reich College of Education College of Fine & Applied Arts School of Music Among the depts. within this college is the: Department of Nursing Interim Department Chairperson: Dr. Linda Johanson RN to BSN Program Academic Coordinator: Ms. Cynthia Davis
4 Program of Study Upper-division Nursing coursework required for the major will be delivered to the cohort by Appalachian. Community colleges offer lower-division courses; therefore Appalachian will normally deliver only required upper-division courses to the cohort. Lower-division coursework (Required Core, cognate, elective courses) transfers from a community college or other accredited institution. It is the student s responsibility to obtain lower division coursework required for the BSN degree, and complete it before the last term of the program.
5 Composition of Credit Hours Semester hours required for graduation (RN-BSN program requires 124) 64 semester hours of lowerdivision coursework are transferred into the program: RN-BSN Required Core: 44 sh Nursing Cognate Courses: 18 sh (Some Cognate courses may also count as part of the Required Core) Elective Credits: to reach 64 sh of transfer credit 30 SH of upper-division Nursing courses are delivered in the Appalachian RN-BSN program 30 SH of Appalachian credit will be awarded upon successful completion of the third term of the program for prior learning and clinical competencies
6 Components of the RN to BSN Program RN-BSN Required Core Cognate Requirements Major Requirements Elective Requirements
7 RN-BSN Required Core (44 SH) The RN-BSN Required Core should be completed at a community college or other accredited school, preferably before entering a cohort, or before the last term of the program: English Composition (6 SH) Two English Composition Courses Humanities/Fine Arts (12 SH) One literature course required One fine arts course required Two additional courses from: art, dance, drama, foreign language, music, literature, interdisciplinary humanities, philosophy, and religion
8 RN-BSN Required Core (continued) Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 SH) One history course An introductory course in sociology An introductory course in psychology An additional course from: anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, psychology, sociology Mathematics (6 SH) Introductory mathematics course (survey, college algebra, trigonometry, calculus, etc.) Introductory statistics course (does not have to be math prefix) Natural Sciences (8 SH) Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab
9 Nursing Cognate Courses (18 SH) Human Anatomy & Physiology*- if not taken as part of the Required Core in Natural Sciences (8 SH) Microbiology with Lab (4 SH) Developmental Psychology or Human Growth and Development*- if not taken as part of the Required Core in Social/Behavioral Sciences, additional course section (3 SH) Statistics* - if not taken as part of the Required Core in Mathematics (3 SH) *These cognate courses may also count as part of the Required Core, and additional hours needed are made up in General Electives to total the 124 sh required for the BSN degree.
10 COURSES FOR THE MAJOR (30 SH) NUR 3000 NUR 3011 NUR 3021 NUR 3031 NUR 4021 NUR 4029 NUR 4032 NUR 4033 Nursing Informatics (3 sh) Concepts of Professional Nursing (4 sh) Health Assessment (4 sh) Nursing Care of Older Adults (3 sh) Nursing Care of Communities (4 sh) Nursing Leadership & Management (4 sh) Professional Nursing Synthesis CAP (5 sh) Nursing Research (3 sh) Upon successful completion of the third semester of the program, 30 SH of Appalachian credit will be awarded for prior learning and clinical competencies.
11 Elective Course Requirements The BSN degree requires 124 semester hours. If a student would have fewer than 124 hours on record after completing all other degree requirements (Required Core, cognates, major Nursing courses), the remaining credit hours must be obtained by taking general elective courses that are transferable to Appalachian. (Assumes that 30 sh of Appalachian credit to be awarded is counted toward total semester hours.) Students should ensure that planned elective courses are transferable to Appalachian before registering for the classes. Transferability may be checked at:
12 Tentative Schedule Online RN-BSN Fall 2012 Cohort Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Summer 2013 Fall 2013 NUR 3000 (3) NUR 3021 (4) NUR 4021 (4) NUR 4032 (5) Nursing Informatics Health Assessment Nursing Care of Communities Professional Nursing Synthesis (CAP) NUR 3011 (4) NUR 3031 (3) NUR 4029 (4) NUR 4033 (3) Concepts of Professional Nursing Nursing Care of Older Adults Nursing Leadership & Management Nursing Research
13 Clinical Hours Required The following courses have clinical hour components: NUR 4021 Nursing Care of Communities (3 rd Term) 30 clinical hours NUR 4029 Nursing Leadership & Mgmt. (3 rd Term) 30 clinical hours NUR 4032 Professional Nursing Synthesis (4 th Term) 120 clinical hours (Clinical sites will be located within the state of North Carolina)
14 DELIVERY OF INSTRUCTION Courses will be offered only ONCE to each cohort; there is a precise schedule for delivery of Nursing courses, and students must take courses as they are made available. (For any Nursing courses not satisfactorily completed, consult your academic advisor) Follow Appalachian s academic calendar, and any specific instructions provided by your professor Any required meetings will be scheduled by the instructor of the course Follow syllabus for course structure/time frame As noted above, some Nursing courses involve clinical hours
15 Required Orientation Session The Nursing Department has planned an orientation session to take place on the Appalachian campus in Boone. The orientation session is usually scheduled approximately a week before the beginning of classes. (If you cannot attend the orientation session, please contact the program manager.)
16 Progression through the RN-BSN Program Academic/Progression Policies maybe viewed at: Catalogs Undergraduate Bulletin College of Health Sciences Nursing Note: The RN-BSN program offers 30 sh of coursework, and students are not eligible for graduation with honors a minimum of 48 sh is required.
17 Assistance for RN-BSN Cohorts Assistance will be available from your: Academic Coordinator Ms. Cynthia Davis ext Coordinates/Oversees the RN-BSN program Program Manager Ms. Debi Tabor Assists with logistical cohort support issues including applications, registration, and other questions Contact by use Appalachian account & include: Banner ID number Program - RN-BSN Fall 12 Cohort Number (1, 2, or 3)
18 Academic Advisors Advising for academic issues will be available for each cohort: Cohort # 1 Ms. Cynthia Davis ext Cohort # 2 Dr. Phoebe Pollitt ext Cohort # 3 Dr. Sharon Cumbie ext
19 Transfer/Lower-division Coursework It is the student s responsibility to identify, register for, and complete lower division coursework for the BSN degree before the last term of the program (Required Core, Nursing cognate courses, and any necessary elective credits) Concurrent enrollment at Appalachian and a NC community college or other accredited institution is allowed during the first three terms of the RN-BSN program Grades for lower-division coursework do not transfer (they do not affect the Appalachian GPA); only courses & credit hours transfer. A grade of C (2.0) or higher must be maintained on all coursework to be considered for transfer to Appalachian Official transcripts of transfer work completed must be sent to the Office of Extension & Distance Education at the end of each semester
20 Accessing AppalNET and your Appalachian computer account From the University Homepage: click on AppalNET
21 AppalNET Tech Support mails student User Name and Banner ID prior to first term Using the Password Manager, you can set your Password (have your User Name and Banner ID on hand) Contact Tech Support for assistance, if needed
22 AppalNET Student Screen Be sure to read your University account
24 Other AppalNET Features Click on the Student Services tab within AppalNET Register here Pay by credit card here Check grades here
25 Distance Education Home Page
26 Entry Page-Online Schedule of Distance Ed. Classes Click here for cohort name and then courses
27 REGISTRATION FOR APPALACHIAN COURSES Registration instructions for Fall Semester are included with your orientation materials. Registration should be completed before classes begin. A student must be registered for classes by the end of the drop/add period at the beginning of every semester, or financial aid will be cancelled. Please refer to the academic calendar at: (View the website/academic calendar for drop/add dates) For all subsequent semesters, registration reminders will be sent to your Appalachian account.
28 WITHDRAWAL/DROP PROCEDURES To withdraw from the university go to: For the Refund Schedule go to: See REFUND SCHEDULE Also refer to: distance.appstate.edu Financial Information Reduction Course Drop/Withdrawal Refunds (If you plan to drop one or more of the courses that you are enrolled in, please contact your academic advisor. Dropping a class may affect your eligibility to continue in the program.)
29 COSTS ESTIMATED Undergraduate Tuition (Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer I & II 2013) Cost per Credit Hour Instate Out-of-State Tuition $ $ Education and Technology Fee Estimated Undergraduate Total Per Credit Hour Rates are applicable to level courses $14.00 $14.00 $ $ Tuition and fees are set annually, and increases can be expected for each academic year Each course will vary in requirements for textbooks and other materials
30 Billing for Tuition and Fees After you have registered for classes, tuition and fee charges will be posted to your Appalnet account. Bills will be ed to official student accounts appstate.edu) according to the schedule at: Important Dates Link NOTE: NO PAPER BILLS WILL BE MAILED Students will be able to view and print bills via Appalnet. Additional information can be found at the Student Accounts website listed above.
31 FINANCIAL AID Federal financial aid is available for students who qualify. The free financial aid form, FAFSA, is used: Appalachian State University s Financial Aid Office: ext Consortium Agreement : Students who take required lower-level courses through a community college should report those hours for financial aid via a Consortium Agreement form. See Consortium Agreement for details. In most cases, a student must be enrolled in at least six semester hours of credit in order to receive financial aid. (A student must be enrolled in at least one semester hour of Appalachian credit in a given semester to use the consortium agreement.)
32 FINANCIAL AID (Continued) Official community college transcripts MUST be submitted promptly at the end of every semester in which financial aid is received for community college coursework listed on the Consortium Agreement, to prevent pay-back of funds. (Refer to the Consortium Agreement for details.) A student must be registered for classes by the end of the drop/add period at the beginning of every semester, or financial aid will be cancelled. Refer to the academic calendar for drop/add dates at: If a student accumulates 150% of the hours required for the degree (this would be approximately 186 sh, since 124 sh are required for the BSN degree) during the program, financial aid eligibility could be affected. Please consult Financial Aid if you will approach having 186 sh on record at Appalachian at any point during the RN-BSN program.
33 ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE-TUTORING Writing/composition assistance is available through the ASU Writing Center s online consulting service: Free, online tutoring is available through Smarthinking! Support is available 24/7 for nonwriting disciplines. This user-friendly and powerful service welcomes your questions whenever you need it:
34 RESOURCES Library materials and resources are available electronically, and/or through the mail. Access the Distance Education and E-Learning Library Services Team at: An Appalachian student identification card will be created and mailed to you. An ID card is required for access to oncampus library materials. A student financial account and student computer account have been assigned to you. Student Accounts Office: ext 2113, and AppalNet/Technical Support: ext 6266.
35 RESOURCES (continued) Career Development Center provides resources for resume and letter writing, and lists jobs and internships. Visit the website often for additional information: Source of valuable information about Appalachian State University and contact information (use search option) for faculty and students: Important information about Distance Education programs, including class cancellations due to inclement weather, etc: (Under New & Enrolled students see Orientation - Graduation)
37 OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES (ODS) If you have a disability and may need reasonable accommodations: Contact the ODS by phone at or: Complete the registration process for Distance Education Students at:
38 GRADUATION Appalachian s commencement takes place each May and December. On-campus and Distance Education students graduate together on the Boone campus. (Attendance at the graduation ceremony is optional. If you do not participate, you must still apply for graduation.) Students must apply for graduation early in the semester in which they plan to graduate. (Graduation information is available at registrar.appstate.edu) Graduation for this cohort is planned for December 2013.
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